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CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

Zeroing In on Safety Safe Practices Equal 0 Fatalities and Earn 0.0 Incidence Rates By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor

A roofer fell 19 feet and died from a head injury. The victim was helping to wrap up for the night. While installing a tarp on a steep roof, he stepped onto the tarp causing him to slip down and fall off the roof. MIOSHA violations included having no written certification of fall protection training, no accident prevention program, and working on a steep roof without fall protection. — MIOSHA News, Summer 2010 A framing carpenter was elevated 18 feet in a scaffold platform of a rough terrain fork truck. The truck operator was positioning the platform and backed into a mud hole. The fork truck tipped over and the worker was thrown off the platform and died from a head injury. Violating MIOSHA Rule 1243 (12) - fork truck and platform being re-positioned while elevated - and Rule 1243(9) – no fall protection being used while elevated in platform - were only two of the citations issued to the company. — MIOSHA News, Summer 2010 30

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hese unfortunate narratives are only two of the dozens of fatal falls that have occurred on construction sites across Michigan in the last few years. Of the 73 construction fatalities occurring in the five-year period of 2006 to 2010, 24 were the result of falls, according to MIOSHA. In 2010, three out of the 11 program-related construction fatalities were the result of falls, according to Pat Sullivan, MIOSHA Consultation Education & Training (CET) Consultant. Although construction fatalities have fallen from a recent high of 26 in 2006, the MIOSHA report, “Program-Related Fatalities, Michigan 2010,” stated that the construction industry still incurred the largest number of program-related fatalities of any industry in 2010. The industry category called Transportation and Warehousing had the second highest number in 2010 with five fatalities.

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ZERO EQUALS SUCCESS The safety practices of a committed Michigan construction company delivered a different number: a big, fat zero for lost time “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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